A leading religious expert in Russia says the LDS Church has ties to the CIA, in Cambodia former missionaries are a popular singing boy band, and a news blog in the U.K. reported the LDS Church was making a bid to buy Facebook. The news about Mormons during the past week in the international press has run the gamut from the positive to the wacky.

First, here's the good. In Cambodia, former missionaries are instant hits as they sing Cambodian classics and other music. The Phnom Pehn Post questions BYU students Trevor Wright and Todd Smith, who make up half of Muk — meaning "octopus" — a Khmer-language singing sensation the newspaper dubbed the "Mormon Rat Pack." The other two singers are Jordan Augustine and Joseph Peterson.

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